Japanese international midfielder/forward Shinji Kagawa has left Manchester United of the English Premier League and rejoined his former club Borussia Dortmund of the German Bundesliga. The transfer fee was 6.3 million pounds and Kagawa has also signed a four-year contract with Dortmund. For some reason United manager Louis van Gaal felt Kagawa wasn’t needed any longer at Old Trafford even though the club has managed just two points out of a possible nine in their first three league matches. Kagawa arrived at United in 2012 for a fee of 14 million pounds.
Kagawa may not be the last player to leave United before the transfer window closes as Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley and Javier Hernández could also be on their way out of town. But while Kagawa was sent packing back to Germany, United announced they also signed Dutch defender Daley Blind from Ajax of Amsterdam for about 15 million pounds. United has now spent approximately 145.7 million pounds during the summer transfer window on Blind, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo and Ángel di María.
The 25-year-old Kagawa played 39 league games for United and 71 matches in total. He originally joined Dortmund in 2010 and helped them win the 2010/11 league title as well as the 2011/12 league title and German Cup. The offensive-minded Kagawa wasn’t happy when van Gaal tried attempted to turn him into a defensive midfielder this season and he felt it was best if he moved on with his career.
As for the 24-year-old Blind, United announced, “MUFC has reached agreement with Ajax to sign Daley Blind, subject to a medical and personal terms. A further announcement will be made when the process is complete.” Van Gaal is familiar with the player as he played for the former Holland manager at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He can play as a defensive midfielder and left-back.